Ahead of COP27 the 1st Arab Climate Forum begins

The first edition of the Arab Climate Forum has begun in Egypt with the focus on sustainability issues.

Taking place in Cairo under the patronage and in the presence of Prince Abdulaziz bin Talal Al-Saud, president of both the Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND) and the Arab Council for Childhood and Development, and Egyptian Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad, the conference is titled, “Together to Strengthen the Contribution of Civil Society to Climate Action and Sustainability.”

Egypt’s Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad stressed the importance of the forum in supporting the efforts of Arab countries to address the negative impacts of climate change. 

She also stated that attention to environmental issues is no longer a luxury, as it become an urgent necessity for human life on this planet, as there is a real need for concerted international, regional, and national efforts — both official and unofficial — to reformulate the integrated system that allows current generations to obtain their natural rights to development. She also noted that the contribution of Arab countries to greenhouse gas emissions did not exceed 5 percent of all global emissions.

The event is part of preparations being made by Egypt to host COP27, which will be held in November in Sharm El-Sheikh.

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